Submitted by North American Precis Syndicate
The holidays don't have to be all about overindulging.
"A little planning can go a long way in helping you stay healthy and enjoy the holidays without regret," says Tammi Hancock, a registered dietitian.
"An occasional small treat will help keep you from feeling deprived, but try to keep it to one per day."
Here are a few other tips and tricks to enjoying healthy and happy holidays:
• Don't Go Hungry: It's tough not to dive into the buffet or hit the appetizers hard if you're famished when you arrive at a holiday get-together.
Try eating a filling and healthy snack such as apples with peanut butter before the event to help you avoid temptation and make healthier choices.
Skip the buffet if you can; or try using a smaller plate so you don't feel tempted to pile it on or end up feeling deprived.
• Gifts From the Heart: Everyone enjoys a holiday cookie exchange or a homemade gift basket of goodies.
This year, really wow them with cookies or gifts that are as healthy as they are tasty. It's easy to do with a few simple substitutions.
Replace regular butter in your favorite holiday cookies and treats with lighter spreads such as Smart Balance(r) Butter Blend Stick; it has the same flavor and cooking qualities without all the saturated fat and cholesterol.
•Better Potluck: Instead of bringing a decadent treat or another trans fat-laden dip, lighten up; your friends and family will appreciate the taste and nutrition.
White Onion Dip
Serves 6; 2-tablespoon servings
2 cups Smart Balance Sour Cream and Omega-3s & Vitamins D and E
4 tablespoons of any Smart Balance milk variety
1 cup very finely chopped white onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and serve with fresh veggies.